this year empty city coffers and high unemployment have threatened to turn the lights out on this beloved tradition. >> you get into an idea like putting up christmas decorations, there are a lot of people that would argue that's something you can do without. >> reporter: the city has cut the holiday decorating budget by two-thirds. without the traditional lights and displa os wostomould go elsewher >> it camos and it makes people want to come to the town anpeople wano >> repo: it stohe communit forrim tree on trimmer budgets. in orlando, florida, the annual downtown christmas tree nearly got the ax until donors agreed to pick up the $22,000 bill. in fresno, california, the usually elaborate city hall display is this year decidedly modest. >> it was a beautiful tree, but at the same time, the cost of keeping it up, and especially with all the layoffs with the city hall, i think it's too much this year. >> reporter: to keep main street aglow, batavia is stepping up as a community.